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90-Ball Bingo is the original form of Bingo, played by communities in bingo halls for generations. Bingo has been an important part of pop culture and even if you’ve never played before, you certainly know an iconic rhyming bingo call or two. While in-person bingo halls are no longer as buzzing as they were, the online bingo community is vibrant and is growing year on year. 

In today’s article, we’ll be exploring 90-ball bingo, and learning how to play this game in the process. Once you’ve learned the ropes, you should head over to our exciting new game category dedicated to bingo games, keep on reading to learn more. 


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Introducing 90-Ball Bingo

In the UK, 90-ball bingo is one of the most played games. Its origins date back thousands of years, and many versions have been played all across the world. When bingo halls were at their peak, a staggering 14 million people in the UK had accounts at their preferred local bingo hall. Nowadays the majority of bingo players have shifted their attentions to playing bingo online, and in the past few years, bingo has been having a bit of an online renaissance. 

So, what is 90-ball bingo? Each game will begin with a total of ninety balls in the pot. Ninety-ball bingo tickets consist of a three-by-nine number chart comprising of nine lines with five numerals and four blank spaces each. The order of the lines is as follows:

  • 01-09 in column 1
  • 10-19 in column 2
  • 20-29 in column 3
  • 30-39 in column 4
  • 40-49 in column 5
  • 50-59 in column 6
  • 60-69 in column 7
  • 70-79 in column 8
  • 80-90 in column 9

Ninety-ball bingo is typically always played on a single strip with six tickets total to be utilised per round. Every number in the game is represented somewhere on one of the six tickets thanks to the distribution of the 90 numbers over the six (blank spaces occupying the remaining spaces). In online 90-ball bingo, however, players can purchase just one or multiple cards at once. 

90-Ball Bingo Games on Spin Genie

At Spin Genie you’ll find a huge range of 90-ball bingo games to enjoy. To help you pick the right game for you, we’ve provided a summary for each below:

End of Summer Sale

There are plenty of examples of limited-time promotional bingo games offered here at Spin Genie, and one of our most recent games, End of Summer Sale, celebrated the last of the summer and had a total prize pool of £30,000.

Pumpkin Blast Bingo

Sometimes Bingo games will change to suit the different holidays of the year like Pumpkin Blast Bingo. This unusual 90-ball bingo game, formerly known as Beachball Blast (and Snowball Blast), has abandoned its sunny beach motif in favour of one more appropriate for the month of October. As little as 1p per ticket can be used to win an incredibly generous array of prizes. 

Heavyweight Bingo

Fast-paced, entertaining, and thrilling 90-ball bingo with a massive jackpot is called Heavyweight Bingo. Heavyweight Bingo is played on a 3x9 grid using the numbers 1-90, just as other 90-ball bingo games. One, two, or a full house can earn a prize. That makes three possibilities to win, and this game got its ‘heavyweight’ name from the larger prizes offered in this game.

Jackpot Room Bingo

A massive progressive jackpot is waiting to be won in Jackpot Room Bingo, an online bingo game featuring 90 balls that is quick, entertaining, and thrilling. Jackpot Room is played on a 3x9 grid using the numbers 1-90, just as other 90-ball bingo games. You will win the progressive jackpot if, in less than 36 calls, you are fortunate enough to obtain a full house. This generous prize pool grows every time a game is played and it isn't claimed, and it is typically much more than the typical win sum in bingo games. 

Super Heavyweight Bingo

With a supersized jackpot payout, Super Heavyweight Bingo is a quick, entertaining, and thrilling 90-ball online bingo game. Super Heavyweight is played on a 3x9 grid with the numbers 1-90, just like other 90-ball bingo games. One line, two lines, or a full house can earn a prize. That makes three possibilities to win. Like Heavyweight Bingo, Super Heavyweight Bingo offers players larger prize pools than other bingo games. You can play Super Heavyweight whenever and wherever it's most convenient for you because it's fully suited for PC and mobile platforms.

Drop Pots Bingo

This 90-ball bingo game, Drop Pots Bingo, is played every day and offers three distinct jackpots: Mini, Midi, and Maxi in a multiplayer feature. Tickets range in price from 2p to 20p, with a maximum of 100 per player. If there is more than one winner, the total prize pots will be divided amongst the winning tickets. The total prize pots vary from £10 to £700. There are jackpots to be won on full-house games. The ball call number will decide prize distribution.

Our 90-Ball Bingo Guide 

Before you start playing 90-Ball bingo, there are a few things you’ll need to know. First of course, how to play, but secondly the most common 90-ball bingo patterns to be on the lookout for. 

How to Play 90-Ball Bingo

The conventional 90-ball bingo game uses the numbers 1 through 90. A bingo caller in a live hall will call each number individually until the winning cards are determined. In an online game, however, the balls will be chosen by computer software. Every number will only be yelled out once in a game.

Find the number that is called on your card and mark it with your dauber. You can choose to manually daub your numbers in an online game, or you can have the computer do it for you. There can be up to three winners for each round. One-line, two-line, and full-house bingo are all winning combinations offered as standard for 90-ball bingo. The amount that can be won is usually based on the cost of each ticket as well as the number of participants. The prize money will increase in direct proportion to ticket price and player participation.

90-Ball Bingo Patterns

In 90-ball bingo, there are three winning patterns. Here are the three primary ones, but some games also accept the four-corner pattern:

  • One Line: The term "line," or one line pattern, refers to the arrangement of all five numbers in a single row. Any row and any ticket may have it. In the UK, victors frequently yell "line!" rather than "bingo!"
  • Two Line: A two-line design, on the other hand, calls for marking off any two rows on a single ticket. The game continues until someone gets a two-line win after the one-line winner has been announced.
  • Full House: The full house, often known as the coverall, is the final winning pattern in 90-ball bingo. One ticket needs to have all 15 numbers crossed out. Jackpots and rewards for full houses are frequently larger.

Enjoy Exciting 90-Ball Bingo Games at SpinGenie

As mentioned, here at Spin Genie you can find a brand new bingo games category on our site. Here you can enjoy iconic 90-ball bingo gameplay from the comfort of your own home or on the go via mobile devices. Sign up and play today and try 90-ball bingo for yourself. Good luck, and as always, always gamble responsibly.


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